Canon G15 12.1 Megapixel Advanced Compact Reviews Roundup

On September 17 2012, Canon announced 3 new PowerShot digital cameras - G15, S110, and SX50 HS. These 3 new models provide advanced features, greater focusing speed and multiple-shot speed. Both the G15 and S110 models include a newly designed 12.1 Megapixels High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor. The G15 features a new 28mm wide-angle f/1.8 - f/2.8 lens with 5x optical zoom, maximum ISO speed of 12800, 1080p Full HD video with a built-in stereo microphone, 10fps High-Speed Burst HQ mode at full resolution, accessory shoe for Speedlites, an optical viewfinder, 3.0-inch 922,000-dot LCD display. Additional optional accessories include the Tele Converter Lens, Conversion Lens Adapter for Macro Ring Lite or Macro Twin Lite, a threaded Filter Adapter for 58mm lens filters, and WP-DC48 Waterproof Case (up to 130 feet).

The PowerShot S110 comes with built-in Wi-Fi feature allowing the camera to share images and video to social networking sites through the Canon iMAGE GATEWAY or to Wi-Fi enabled devices such as iOS or Android smartphones and tablets with the free download of the Canon CameraWindow app. The S110 features a 24mm f/2.0 wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom, ISO speed of 12800, 10fps High-Speed Burst HQ mode at full resolution, 1080p Full HD video, built-in stereo microphone, optical zoom while shooting, and convenient playback via HDMI output. The PowerShot SX50 HS comes with a 50x optical zoom (24-1200mm) and 24mm wide-angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization, a maximum ISO of 6400, 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD screen (461,000 dots) and a Zoom Framing Assist function to help users locate, track and capture subjects while zooming. The SX50 can also capture 12-bit RAW + JPEG image files. The new PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110 and PowerShot SX50 HS digital cameras are expected to be available in October 2012 for $499.99, $449.99 and $479.99, respectively.

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Canon Powershot G15 Camera Reviews Roundup


Imaging Resource - Mar 26 2013
"The Canon G15 premium compact digital camera steps up its game over its predecessor, the G12, in many ways. The most notable is the 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent) lens that's very fast for a camera of this type, ranging from f/1.8 at wide to f/2.8 at tele. The G15 has also been upgraded with a 12-megapixel, 1/1.7 CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor, gi..." More »
Not Rated
PhotographicCentral - Feb 07 2013
"Canon brings the G series back to some of its roots, and also (just) back into your pocket. Although it's not an ultracompact by any means, the G15 is slim enough to fit into a coat pocket, big shirt pocket, or even loose jeans pockets in a pinch. This makes it a bit more portable than recent G series cameras, more like the G7 which basically was the grandf..." More »
Not Rated
Steve's Digicam - Dec 04 2012
"Our outdoor image samples were taken with the camera's Smart Auto shooting mode. With the ability to detect and choose between 58 shooting settings, it did an excellent job in each of our shots. All of our images show excellent exposures, vivid colors and are loaded with fine details. There is also a high level of contrast to all of these images, which is a..." More »
Not Rated
ePhotoZine - Nov 26 2012
"Images are well exposed with excellent colour reproduction. Portraits have very pleasant skin tones which are free of red-eye when using the flash. To freeze the water movement in the third picture above, we have been able to shoot with the aperture wide open 1/1000 sec at ISO 800. It is worth noting that when shooting with the HDR mode you need to use a tr..." More »
90out of 100
CNET UK - Nov 25 2012
"Macro performance is consistently strong, with fine details such as the fibres on the sweet chestnuts below accurately rendered, and a sharp falloff in the level of focus outside of the main subject area setting the surroundings in a beautiful creamy blur. I performed my tests on a bright, cloud free day, and the G15 put the incoming light to great use. Col..." More »
70out of 100
Amateur Photographer - Nov 25 2012
"Our resolution chart test shows that in good light, the Canon PowerShot G15 is capable of resolving about as much detail as a 12-million-pixel DSLR, even when shooting JPEG files. At ISO 80-200, the camera can resolve up to 24 on our chart, and the fall-off in detail as the sensitivity increases is fairly slight. It is only when ISO 3200 is reached that the..." More »
84out of 100
dpreview - Nov 25 2012
"The Canon Powershot G15 produces very good image detail at lower sensitivities and shows a good balance between noise reduction and detail retention as you go up the ISO scale. Focus and metering are consistently reliable, even in difficult lighting situations. However, the Canon G15 has a relatively small 1/1.7" CMOS sensor that comes with the limitat..." More »
76out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Nov 17 2012
"Shots taken with the review camera had the characteristic detail and colour rendition of previous G-series cameras. Colours were attractively rendered, with the  anticipated slight elevation in saturation for JPEGs and more constrained saturation in raw files. Digital zoom shots were slightly sharper and less artefact-affected than similar shots from t..." More »
88out of 100
CNET US - Nov 17 2012
"The G15 maintains the line's excellent photo quality, although it still doesn't quite match that of Sony's RX100. It uses the same sensor and image-processing engine as the Canon PowerShot S110, but the lens makes a huge difference. Out-of-focus areas look far smoother and less processed, and sharp areas don't look quite so crunchy. For JPEGs, images look g..." More »
75out of 100
Photography BLOG - Nov 15 2012
"The new Canon PowerShot G15 is the most well-balanced G-series camera to date. It may not offer the admittedly more versatile articulating screen of its predecessor, the G12, or the DSLR-like image quality of its big brother, the G1 X, but the combination of greater portability, faster lens, higher-resolution screen and smaller size is a winning one. The Ca..." More »
90out of 100
Camera Labs - Nov 13 2012
"The PowerShot G15 is a worthy successor to the G12, the question is, does it still have something to offer in a market teeming with options for enthusiast photographers looking for a compact DSLR back up? Canon has made some good calls with the G15, switching the CCD sensor for a higher resolution CMOS one and upgrading to the Digic 5 processor, opting for..." More »
82out of 100
Pocket-lint - Nov 10 2012
"There's a lot of talk about camera manufacturers reaching the saturated limit of what's possible from current imaging sensors. But that doesn't stop the G15's 12-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch sensor from delivering high quality goods. Canon's HS system and Digic 5 processor combine to produce images from ISO 100-12,800 at full size, limited to ISO 1600 when using t..." More »
90out of 100
Gizmodo - Nov 07 2012
"The real limitation here is sensor size. 1/1.7 inches just cannot compete with the likes of the Sony RX100, or Canon's higher-end G1X, which has a 1.5-inch sensor. Sure, these cameras are more expensive than the G15, but it still seems like the G15's wonderful lens--which is superior to both the RX100 and the G1X--is going to waste on a small sensor. Canon..." More »
70out of 100
Digital Camera Resource Page - Nov 05 2012
"I don't think anyone will complain about the feature set on the PowerShot G15. The point-and-shoot crowd will find the camera's Smart Auto mode to be quite capable. It'll select one of fifty-eight scene modes for you, and can even tell the difference between sleeping and smiling babies, adjusting the camera settings appropriately. As with most cameras these..." More »
Not Rated
PCMag - Oct 29 2012
"Imatest confirms that the G15 has a sharp lens--it scores 1,918 lines per picture height, better than the 1,800 lines required for a sharp image. Noise is controlled through ISO 1600, and image detail is excellent at this setting even when shooting JPG images--the G15 also supports Raw capture. Images hit 1.8 percent at ISO 3200, just over the 1.5 percent m..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Oct 22 2012
"In some recent reviews, we've taken Canon to task for a lack of innovation in their consumer-oriented product lines. The ELPH 110 HS, PowerShot S110, and EOS Rebel T4i were all frankly lazy updates to well-worn camera concepts. So, going into our time with the G15, we had every reason to expect it would suffer the same fate. Happily, our expectations were w..." More »
99out of 100

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